Ministry of Agriculture 2012 Agriculture Census Dissemination Seminar

Friday, June 5, 2015 9:47 AM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, June 05, 2015–GIS: On Thursday, May 28, 2015 the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations held a seminar where the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture were presented to sector stakeholders.

Prior to conducting the 2012 Census on Agriculture, Grenada had not convened an agricultural Census in 17 years, the previous Agricultural Census was conducted in 1995, and therefore the information on the structure of agriculture was obsolete and needed updating.

The FAO World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010 (WCA2010) recommends that Countries undertake agricultural census at least every ten (10) years.

It was therefore in light of the aforementioned that the 2012 Census of Agriculture was commissioned.

The 2012 Census of Agriculture was funded Under the European Commission’s (EC) Special Framework of Assistance Programme (SFA2007) in the sum of € 420,000.

The FAO managed the funds and provided technical and supervisory support to the Ministry of Agriculture for the implementation of the census.

In making the official remarks at the seminar, Senator the Honorable Simon Stiell stated that “having good data is central to how we move forward in the agriculture sector and that is why the completion of the 2012 Census of Agriculture is so critical and so timely.

He remarked that “while the process took a longer time to complete that was expected he has glad that we had come to the point where the census information was now available to the agriculture sector.

He further stated that “the end point is not the completion of the census it is how we use the data that has been gathered and analyzed to inform how we move forward whether at a policy level or otherwise that is important.”

He said “that the completion of the census and the information garnered gives us a good opportunity to take a look at the policies that govern the sector and see whether they need to be revised.”

Ms. Nancy Chin, Statistician from the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) remarked that the census provides basic data on the structure of agriculture; what is the land use pattern, what inputs are people using, the distribution of livestock in the country etc.”

She said that “this sort of data changes slowly over time and it is for this reason that the agricultural censuses are held every ten years and why the data gathered in the 2012 Census of Agriculture is still very valid”. She said that “the agriculture census is the building block upon which Grenada can build its entire Agricultural Information System.”

At the seminar presentations were also made my Ms. La Verne Mapp, the 2012 Census of Agriculture Coordinator, who presented on the process and methodology of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Mrs. Elgitha Ferdinand, FAO Consultant, presented the preliminary findings of the 2012 Agriculture Census.

Mr. Fitzroy James, Local Consultant presented on the thematic study which compared the 2012 Census of Agriculture data with data from previous censuses and Ms. Nancy Chin, FAO statistician also presented on the gender thematic study which analyzed the data of the 2012 census to assess the state of gender in the agriculture sector.

The final census documents will be prepared by the FAO Sub-regional Office in Barbados and will be made available for public consumption by the second week of July 2015.







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